It has been said that the Mississippi Delta stretches from the Lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN all the way to Catfish Row in Vicksburg, MS. This alluvial floodplain is made up of hardwood bottomland, cypress swamps, lakes, sloughs, bayous, and large expanses of cultivated cropland which is a perfect habitat for wading birds like herons and cranes and migratory birds like ducks and geese. Birds share the land and the abundant water with fish and reptiles of all descriptions, amphibians, and mammals from whitetail deer to bears, squirrels, rabbits, and a multitude of other creatures that crawl and walk and swim.
Yes, springing from the delta’s black soil comes cotton, soybeans, rice, and scores of other crops folks have toiled over for almost two centuries. It was from this toil, sweat, tears, and blood that the Delta Blues arose from the alluvial floodplain to fill the world and inspire almost every genre of music. Its beats, licks, riffs, and style are all a part of the creation of rock, country, and jazz. America’s music rises from this region, and it is heard around the world.